Post by starviego on Aug 6, 2017 0:57:40 GMT -5
Zabriskie Point is the name of a movie released in 1970 by Italian directer Michelangelo Antonioni, about a hotheaded student radical and his hippy lover. Two young non-actors--Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin--played the leads. The movie was mostly shot in 1968 and early 1969.
Antonioni in Death Valley
The making of the movie had a lot of parallels with the Manson saga:
Large parts of the movie were shot in the Mojave desert, and the Zabriskie point area of Death Valley.
Daria Halprin was a flower child spotted by filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni in the documentary 'Revolution,' a profile of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene. ... Antonioni found himself hounded by both state and federal officials when word got out that the film might be an indictment of “the American way of life.” The government felt that the famous director was preparing a glorification of hippiedom, drug taking and cop killing. They decided he should be stopped. When the wife(Kathleen Cleaver) of leading Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver was cast in a scene, the government felt the need to do something about it. ..
Grand Jury Probes Movie Orgy Scene. That’s what readers of the Los Angeles Times saw glaring out at them on June 23, 1969. Antonioni was brought up on charges that he had violated the Mann Act.
Frechette and Halperin
Now the story gets kind of weird. Frecette belonged to a commune/cult back in Boston known by the name of Fort Hill Commune, aka "the Family," led by a charismatic guy named Mel Lyman, about 29 at the time(co-star Daria would join later). There were many parallels between Charlie and Mel.
Mel Lyman (aka "Jesus Christ," aka "God," aka "Melvin Christ")
"The cult life of Mark Frechette... make the similarities between the Manson scene and Zabriskie Point a little too close for comfort. Like Charles Manson, Mel Lyman used a combination of science fiction, drugs, music, charisma, and pure intimidation to wield influence over people. Like Charles Manson, Mel Lyman asked people to believe he was either Jesus Christ himself or at least some kind of God. Like Manson, Lyman forced his followers to give up their wealth and possessions in order to join the cause...
He was a talented musician who appeared professionally. At some point he called himself a 'warlock.' Some of his followers, the "Karma police," were not averse to using violence to get what they wanted, and to prevent followers from leaving.
Some say Lyman was God... others that he was a devil...
Harry Bikes(pseudonym) explains, “At this time they were all going through acid therapy. He was taking them one by one in his private audience and hitting them with 1500 mikes of pure acid. And studying them – filming and recording them … And then when they were absolutely out of their minds, he would plug them into this Lyman Family group sing – love, togetherness, you know. He was playing with these people, programming them.” ... The Family tried to recruit high profile members in the hopes they could be used to further the vague Lyman philosophy.
"He had a kind of insidious way of getting into people. He had a tremendous understanding of character, and he knew how to extract pain. Mel was very big on pain and suffering and loyalty, you know?
Back then they were so poor they gathered waste fruit and vegetables from the Boston produce mart, cutting off the rotted parts and throwing the rest into a common stew.
Many people trundle up Fort Avenue to make contact with the Hill People. Some of the visitors are dismayed and say the people talk in riddles. But other visitors say they talk with insight, out of love.
dated Dec 1971
"Do you believe he's God?"
"Yeah, in the sense that Jesus Christ came down on earth. But he's dead, so Mel's the son of God now."
"We believe very much in Abraham Lincoln and other great leaders of the past — even Hitler. Anyone who causes change in society is an agent of God." ... the Hill's only consistent rule is: Thou Shalt Not Think for Thyself. ... "They talk about love and they live in such hate. They preach hate."
The Lyman philosophy:
Love is something you BECOME after there is no more YOU ... through complete sacrifice of the personality ... — Mel Lyman
"I am going to burn down the world / I am going to tear down everything that cannot stand alone / I am going to shove hope up your ass / I am going to turn ideals to shit / I am going to reduce everything that stands to rubble / and then I am going to burn the rubble / and then I am going to scatter the ashes / and then maybe someone will be able to see something as it really is / Watch Out" — Mel Lyman
[The Family] was a highly intolerant, manipulative, and frightening place to grow up... we were taught to believe that we were being protected from the World. — Guinevere Turner
"I am singing America to you and it is Mel Lyman. He is the new soul of the world."
Conclusion: Mel had better-looking bubbleheads.